Completed: Lakeside Pajamas

9 Aug

Hey look! I made pajamas!

Lakeside Pajamas

I feel kind of weird posting pictures of myself modeling pajamas, but eh, let’s roll with it. At least I kept my shoes on πŸ˜›

Lakeside Pajamas

These are the Lakeside Pajamas, the newest offering from Grainline Studio. The pattern was given as a gift to me from Carla, yes, the same person who have given me multiple patterns. Thank youuu, Carla, you are the best! I never would have thought to make myself sleepwear (other than a slinky slip), but now I want a million sets of these.

Lakeside Pajamas

This is a great little set, and it’s SUPER comfortable. The shorts are loose with an elastic waist, and the top is floaty and cool, with some interesting detailing so you don’t feel like sewing it is a total snoozefest (pun intended, maybe?).

Lakeside Pajamas

Isn’t this fabric beautiful!? I’ve been hoarding it for years, waiting on a ~special~ pattern. Part of what kept me from using it is that I barely had much it – about 7/8 yard – and the print is pretty large. Obviously, I was able to squeeze all my pieces out on that tiny yardage, but I had to make my bias tape with a contrasting fabric. I used the rest of my navy organic cotton sateen and ughhhh shit took forever. The pattern calls for 7 yards of bias tape (!!) and I only had small pieces, so I found myself cutting tiny squares to make continuous bias tape. I ended up using only about 6 yards, but be warned that I also made the smallest size in the shorts and the second smallest size in the top.

Lakeside Pajamas

Anyway, it was worth the effort because I haaate pre-made bias tape. It’s so stiff! This stuff is nice and soft and the color matches beautifully. Plus, it has that cotton sateen luster. Yummy.

Lakeside Pajamas

The pattern was surprisingly easy to follow. I had a small snafu with the shorts, but it was 100% user error (note: the front and back seams are not the side seams, Lauren! I basically made a huge circle of fabric and spent like 10 minutes trying to figure out the crotch seam until I realized I’d done goofed loololol. What was not lol-worthy was all the unpicking I had to do after that, wah!).

Lakeside Pajamas

I LOVEEEEE these shorts, though. They’re pretty low-rise (you can almost see my belly button; it’s right where the tank top hem is hitting). I am totally going to make a couple more pair for running and general house-lounging – they’re like the perfect 70s running shorts, except they’re not knit (although I think these would work beautifully with a stable knit, and that is something I am totally going to try). I really want to make a classic red with white trim.

Lakeside Pajamas

Lakeside Pajamas

I was a little hesitant at first to use my beautiful hoardy fabric on a pair of PAJAMAS, but I’m soo glad I did. I can actually wear these every day (or just one piece at a time), unlike my regular clothes – which means I get to look at the fabric all the time! Seriously, they are so pretty I want to hang them on the wall when I’m not wearing them πŸ˜‰

Lakeside Pajamas

Lakeside Pajamas

Lakeside Pajamas

A big part of the reason why I decided to make pretty loungewear is because I am scheduled for a minor surgery on Monday. It’s not anything serious – hence the “minor” – but I am going to be in recovery for about a week. Including no work, no biking, no… sewing 😦 (we’ll see how long that lasts lolololol) (seriously, tho, I’m gonna plant my ass on the couch that whole time because I do NOT want to do this twice!). I bought myself the prettiest kelly green yarn and plan on knitting and watching lots of those ancient Egyptian documentaries that Landon hates! Oh god, this means I finally have a chance to watch the Great British Sewing Bee too!

With that being said, thanks to everyone who purchased something from my Etsy shop – combined with some aggressive saving, I think I have enough to pay everything off up front πŸ™‚ SUCH a good feeling!

For those of you who were interested in taking local sewing classes taught by yours truly, obviously that’s on hold for a short time. I will be sending emails when I get my life figured out, ha. For those of you who are interested in taking a sewing class taught by me who are NOT local, I’m working on that too πŸ˜‰

Lakeside Pajamas

Wish me luck! I’ll be around next week, but apologies in advance if I start talking painkiller-induced nonsense πŸ˜‰

87 Responses to “Completed: Lakeside Pajamas”

  1. nettie August 9, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Super Cute!!! I love the fabric you chose!

    Good luck with your recovery! I’ve been in your shoes, knitting and LOTS of Netflix should do the job!

  2. Maggie August 9, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    I love this print! And the set looks fantastic! They will be perfect for week of Egyptian documentaries and knitting for your recovery. Good luck with your surgery!!

  3. mommylap August 9, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Knitting is perfect for recovery, so I’m glad you won’t go crazy. Those really are the shorts style I grew up wearing. If you make a red & white pair, you must wear them with tube socks and torture some freshmen girls a la Dazed & Confused. Heal well Lauren, blogland is boring when you’re not making!

  4. Nakisha August 9, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Now, THIS is a pj pattern worth splurging on! I love it!

  5. Becky August 9, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    Wow, knock out PJ’s! Good luck on your lay-about. At least you will look gorgeous while doing it. Can’t wait to see the knit.

  6. Andrea August 9, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Gorgeous fabric, and such a cute pattern. They are a perfect combo.

    Good luck with your surgery

  7. Kelly August 9, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    I love this pattern! And your fabric choice is wonderful. I’m so impressed you managed to make both pieces from less than a yard! Best of luck with your surgery…

  8. Corinne August 9, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Love the pajamas! Thinking of sewing a set for myself even though our summer nights aren’t typically very warm here in BC. But they’ll get put to good use when I go visit my sister in LA! Good luck with the minor surgery & wishing you a speedy recovery. πŸ™‚

  9. Erica August 9, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    These are so cute! I love the overlapping panels in the back. It is always nice to have pretty loungewear. And, let me just say… you’re rawking in the p.j. look outside! πŸ™‚

  10. T. wimes August 9, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Here’s to a speedy recovery from your surgery. Very cute pjs. Love the back of the shirt. Do email me when you decide to start local sewing classes.

  11. Sally C August 9, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Great PJs, love the fabric. Good luck with the surgery and a speedy recovery.

  12. carlalissa August 9, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Ohhh Lauren you look gorgeous on those PJ’s… love the fabric!!! I am glad you liked the pattern and you are enjoying it It was my pleasure! Good luck on your surgery!

  13. black label August 9, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    kick-ass jammies…LOVE!

  14. ShanniLoves August 9, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Perfect jammies for your recovery! I think I would find it hard to ever want to take these bad boys off! Here’s to a speedy recovery!!

  15. Leslie August 9, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Great pattern, great pattern choice! Take care while you are recouperating. Knitting and
    Egyptian documentaries are right up my alley too.

  16. Leslie August 9, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Meant to say great pattern and great fabric choice. Duh!

  17. aem2 August 9, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    These PJs are fabulous. Well worth spending the fabric on. Best wishes for your surgery, and frankly I’m looking forward to some painkiller-induced nonsense.because that will be extremely entertaining. Enjoy your Egyptian docs!

  18. Amy August 9, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Cute pajamas, and you’ll be in my thoughts next week as you head into surgery. Enjoy your rest, and heal quickly!

  19. sesnyder120 August 9, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Holy crap those are adorable jammies! I usually just sleep in a boring old t-shirt and pants/shorts b/c PJs seem so…fussy. But these are so cute and yet not fussy!!! Must try!

  20. Alice August 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Those are so pretty! I have more pajamas than I know what to do with, but I could totally see just wearing the shirt as a nice loose tanktop, especially with that back wrap detail!

  21. Miss Celie August 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    I am so into nice sleepwear now. These are adorable. And part of the name of my neighborhood πŸ™‚ Good luck with your surgery. Even when minor, these things are a PITA.

  22. Heather Lou August 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Jungle jammiez! So cute. I like this pattern but I sleep buck ass naked so I dont think they’ll ever cross my Bernie.

    • LLADYBIRD August 9, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

      Nakey sleep is the BEST!!! However, I do like having pajamas for the winding-down part of the evening, anyway πŸ™‚

  23. Rejoice For The Day August 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Love these!

  24. Rachael August 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    Gorgeous fabric! Where did you get it from? Such a good idea to make pjs, now you can wear them all the time. To be quite honest, I’d go out in public in them.

    • LLADYBIRD August 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

      It’s actually a remnant from my local fabric store (Textile Fabrics) that I bought a couple of years ago πŸ˜‰

      Honestly, I will probably wear these shorts in public! Butt checehanging out and all – who caresss haha

  25. Kelly August 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    These are gorgeous! So lovely and they look super comfy too. They remind me of Hawaii πŸ™‚ Best of luck with your surgery and wishing you a speedy recovery!! I hope you get a chance to watch the Great British Sewing Bee, I loved it. You should do a painkiller enhanced review of the show on here, hehe.

  26. Rachel August 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Very cute PJs and I love the idea of using lovely fabric so that you get to look at and wear it every day. Smart thinking. Good luck with the minor op and I wish you a speedy recovery πŸ™‚

  27. kaloskraft August 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    These are so cute! I love the back.

  28. Karen August 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Great choice of fabric!!

  29. Marie August 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Such adorable PJs. No wonder you love the fabric – it is gorgeous. Good luck with your recovery.

  30. Michelle August 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    These are fantastic! I hadn’t thought of using the shorts as an athletic shorts pattern, but after I read that I wondered why? They are totally perfect for running shorts.

  31. Eve August 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    You’ll no doubt be the best dressed patient. Good luck!

  32. sewdooley August 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Good luck with your surgery, the pjs are so cute. Love the British Sewing Bee, looking forward to the next season.

  33. Sally {thequirkypeach} August 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Love these! I just ordered 1 yard of fabric to make this same pattern (fingers crossed that it is enough). I like the look of the contrast bias tape!!! And good thoughts to you for your surgery! Enjoy watching the GBSB πŸ™‚

  34. Eleyna August 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    Gorgeous choice of fabric! I’m convinced I need to try this pattern thanks to you! πŸ™‚

  35. Sarah W. August 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    Good luck with your surgery! I hope you feel well enough to sew.

  36. kate0795 August 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    Lauren, these pyjamas are gorgeous, and that fabric….. I really love the kind of scalloped back of the top. You’ll be glam whilst you’re recovering that’s for sure. Wishing you all the best for next week and speedy recovery…look forward to seeing your Repos et DΓ©tente knit (rest & relaxation to you and me)!! Kate x

  37. oonaballoona August 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    your pj set is perfect. even the print placement. i hope your minor shite is quick and you get TONS of tlc!!!

    • Johanna August 9, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

      Great pjs! I’d love to make some, but I wonder how hard it would be to put a shelf bra in that top? Yours is one of my favorite blogs to read…both informative and entertaining, so thanks for that! Good luck with your surgery.

      • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

        I think it would be really easy – the only hard part would be figuring out the measurements for the shelf bra (if you could call that hard, even). The bra could easily be put in before you sew on the binding πŸ™‚

  38. crystalpleats August 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    These are just awesome and good point about going ahead with a special fabric for jammies you could wear every night. My Grainline wish list is growing! I own none and want just about every single one.

  39. Carolyn August 9, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    Good luck with the surgery! I’m sure the knitting, Netflix and the Egyptian documentaries will keep you company while you heal! You will be in my thoughts and prayers!

  40. Anonymous August 9, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    Lauren! I just found out about the existence of this

    How amazing is that!? You probably already know all about it but HOLY SHIT

    • jenables August 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

      Oops forgot to put my name in

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

      NO, I did NOT know about that!! Holy shit, I’m geeking out so hard right now!! So cool!!!!

      • jenables August 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

        I know! Just makes me want to wear huge Egyptian collar necklaces(to go with my extremely blunt fringe) and go diving (but not in the Pacific northwest, where I am.. ) those huge statues! Treasures! God, I’m in the wrong industry…

  41. Apryl August 9, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    Good luck with surgery and a breezy recovery! I would be interested in your sewing classes as well and I’m local. Good luck!

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

      I will keep you posted when I have some info πŸ™‚ Yay!

  42. Patty August 10, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    Positive energy for your surgery from across the pond – looking fwd to your knitting progress as well

  43. Amanda August 10, 2013 at 2:33 am #

    These are adorbs! Hope the surgery goes well!

  44. Nicki August 10, 2013 at 3:15 am #

    I want these too! They look great, I love the cut of the back. Hope the op goes well and you enjoy your recovery, I love a bit of enforced downtime.

  45. lara August 10, 2013 at 4:06 am #

    They look great – and you could even wear the top on its own, just as a summery vest. Good luck with your surgery and recovery! x

  46. Jean August 10, 2013 at 6:34 am #

    Too cute. Love that you make your own bias binding.

  47. senjiva August 10, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    I’m glad I am not the only one who does the “uh, why are my pants a circle?” thing. It happens all the time when I am slamming out a project. Lovely fabric, btw.

  48. sewcookgardenrepeat August 10, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    Good luck with your surgery!

  49. Stephanie | Mabel Makes August 10, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Gah love this pattern! And I love the fabric you chose. These are perfect summer PJs πŸ™‚

  50. Blue Sunday August 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Regarding your surgery – you have my prayers for a safe recovery!

    Regarding the PJs. They are awesome. I WANT that Grainline pattern! It’s super cool

    Regarding classes. I’m super excited to hear more! Please let us know. I’m one of those people that would hope my happy ass on a plane to get a really good sewing lesson from somewoneI admire. I can’t wait to hear more about local classes and virtual.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

      I’ll keep you posted on the classes πŸ™‚ Teaching is something I am really excited to do, so I’m def gonna make it happen!

  51. bubiknits August 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    what a lovely top and shorts set!! i really love the early ’90 runner style! you look fabulouse with this, as always!
    xo, Giusy

  52. Lizzy August 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    Very pretty pj’s!!

  53. missjoiedevivre August 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Gorgeous pjs! I’m glad you have them for your recovery, all the very best for during and after your surgery. You will be missed while you’re away, look after yourself!

  54. KathleenS August 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    That’s gorgeous Lauren. The fabric totally makes them and I was very disappointed to find that I couldn’t copy you in the very same fabric! The contrast binding is perfect too.

  55. gingermakes August 10, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Cute! Isn’t it nice when you use a treasured fabric and it turns out well? Good luck with your surgery– hope it goes well.

  56. Dutch Girl August 11, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    I love your blog and I hope everything will going smooth and wish you a good recovery. Hmm, unfortunately ‘not local’ is an understatement for me, I’m living at the other site of the ocean ;). I did not know about The Great British Sewing Bee, sounds very interesting!

    Wish you to get well soon,

  57. Nykied August 11, 2013 at 6:03 am #

    Those PJs are fantastic! But I must admit that my first thought was that those shorts look just perfect for running shorts! :0) Hope your surgery goes well and enjoy the GBSB xox

  58. Cassie Stephens August 11, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    Oh girl, please be sure to take it easy. I know it’s a drag but a slow and calm recovery will most definitely make a smooth one. Trust me, I’ve screwed up enough recovery times to know: take those meds and don’t you move. Have the boyfriend wait on you! That part outta be fun. I’ll be thinking of you and can’t wait for sewing classes, eeeeee!

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

      You’re totally right – I gotta make Landon wait on me hand and foot. When else will I be able to get away with that? HAHA.

      And yes, sewing classes YAY!!

  59. Elena Knits August 11, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    I wish you all the best. Take care and enjoy knitting while recovering.

  60. Reana Louise August 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    These are some totally babin’ pajamas! I hope you take it easy and that these are the perfect cosy clothes to recover in πŸ™‚

  61. June August 12, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Oh my golly, i LURVE these pajamas.

    Best of luck with the surgery and recovery. Sucks to have to have it, but yay for being able to pay for it all. Take good care of yourself.

  62. Gaiana Bagdasaryan August 12, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    adorable! great job!

    –Gaiana (

  63. craftsanctuary August 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Good luck with your surgery πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what you knit up!

    And, this set is fab. I would totally wear them (individually) out in public!

  64. Kelly August 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    That fabric is awesome! Hope everything goes well for you this week.

  65. Katie August 13, 2013 at 6:28 am #

    Love, love, love these pjs. Wishes for a speedy recovery with just enough time on the couch to satisfy your knitting jones.

  66. Becca August 13, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Those are totally adorable PJs and they look SO comfortable. Wow, that is a lot of bias tape! Good job toughin’ it out. I hope you’re recovering well and quickly, and enjoying the knitting and watching documentaries.

  67. LinB August 13, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Oh, honey, not tiny little squares next time! Let me seek out some old pattern instructions for you, which demonstrate how to make continuous bias from ANY rectangle, not just only a square. It will save you untold agony in the years ahead. I think there’s even been a Threads article in the past five years or so about using rectangles for bias clothing … let me ruminate and/or google it for you. When I find these instructions, I’ll get them to you electronically if at all possible.

    • LLADYBIRD August 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      Ooh, if you do find them, please please send them to me! I love self-made bias tape, but you’re right – tiny squares are so time-consuming. I’d love to see how to make them from a rectangle πŸ™‚

      • LinB August 15, 2013 at 7:54 am #

        Threads article was (ahem) ten years ago … but in my memory’s defense, they only publish six times a year! (Volume 107, July 2003, “Bias Layouts Made Easier,” pp. 30-34.) It’s geared more for whole garments, so I’ll send a pdf of the easiest way I’ve ever seen to use rectangles for bias binding. Once you’ve seamed and cut the rectangle, you proceed as usual for the offset seam that turns a bias square into a tube. I’ll try to send it thru facebook, since that works best from my end.

  68. sewingpetal August 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Love Love LOVE. I can see a pair of these shorts in my future. I passed over this pattern when it first came out but seeing your version sure does make me want to make a set.

  69. jenna (@KittyCatStevens) August 16, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    uhm, i didn’t know pajamas could be so cute! is there a name for the way the back of that top looks? I’d love to make something similar (but for not sleeping!).

  70. Max California August 18, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Good luck with your op! These PJs are just ADORABLE. I have a slinky satin dressing gown that has the Phantom al over it. I’ve been saving it for ages because A: I don’t sew with satin and B: wtf do I make out of Phantom satin? I think you gave me an answer ^_^


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